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Eat This, Not That


Loco moco. Sushi. Teriburger. Repeat.  

You may live in a melting pot. But lately, it seems like your plate’s always filled with the same old thing.  

Looks like you need a refresher course on the Islands’ amazing array of cuisines.  

Treat your palate to the best of what Honolulu has to offer with the Hole-in-the-Wall food tour, created by Matthew Gray, local food reviewer and former Honolulu Advertiser restaurant critic.  

Originally designed to give visitors a truly authentic taste of paradise (pineapple pizza be damned), the four-hour jaunt around town also serves as a delicious reminder to locals that they’re lucky they live, and eat, Hawai'i.  

From perfectly steamed manapua and hot Korean BBQ to the to-die-for coco puffs at Liliha Bakery and Leonard’s mouth-watering malasadas, the tour’s delectable lineup of 15 to 20 foods is designed around where Hawai'i’s top chefs like to eat on their days off.  

And Gray, whose resume includes a stint as a celebrity chef, more than just serves up the ono kine grinds, he also dishes out tidbits about the foods’ origins, history and role in local culture.     

It even includes a behind-the-scenes walking tour of Chinatown, unearthing little known dim sum and crack seed spots, a bustling marketplace, tropical fruit stands and more. Gray’s culinary connections grant him unfettered access that guidebook-wielding tourists and even in-the-know locals would never be privy to — like a back room visit to the Look Funn Noodle Factory and chats with shop owners. So it’s sure to satisfy even the pickiest foodie.  

Bringing whole new meaning to hitting the spot.    

Hawaii Food Tours’ Hole-in-the-Wall Tour, daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more info, click here. To make a reservation, call 808.926.3663 or click here.  


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